Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972) was an American newspaper and radio gossip commentator. Wikipedia
Age: 74 (age at death)
Born: 7th April, 1897, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 20th February, 1972, Los Angeles, California
Height: 5' 7" (170 cm)
Claim to Fame: Gossip Columnist
His son died at the age of 33 after shooting himself in the mouth. It was 36 years to the day after his daughter Gloria died.
In song, Winchell was often a cynical lyric reference. In the Mel Brooks Broadway musical "The Producers", later adapted to film as The Producers (2005), Leo Bloom (played by Matthew Broderick) sings, "I want to read my name in Winchell`s column" during the song "I Want to Be A Producer"; the Cole Porter composition "Let`s Fly Away," include the lines, "Let`s fly away/ And find a land that`s so provincial/ We`ll never hear what Walter Winchell/ Might be forced to say." Pianist Buddy Greco`s version of "The Lady Is A Tramp" features the lyric "why she reads Walter Winchell and understands every line." Winchell is also mentioned in Billy Joel`s history-themed song "We Didn`t Start the Fire".